Cubs Sign Matt Stairs

German astronaut Thomas Reiter works in the Destiny module of the International Space Station in this view from NASA TV Sunday, Sept. 10, 2006. The ISS crew were preparing for a visit from the space shuttle Atlantis. ( AP Photo/NASA TV)
First baseman Matt Stairs and the Chicago Cubs agreed Tuesday to a $3.2 million, one-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration.

Stairs, 32, was traded from the Oakland Athletics on Nov. 20 for minor league right-hander Eric Ireland. Stairs, who is eligible for free agency after next season, made $3.05 million this year with the A's, who declined a $4 million option and gave him a $150,000 buyout.

Stairs, a left-handed batter, has played in the majors with Montreal, Boston and Oakland. In 690 major league games, he has batted .267 with 123 home runs and 409 RBIs. He hit a career-high 38 home runs in 1999, tying for eighth in the American League.

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